Brazilian Marine Parks

Latest update July 23, 2019 Started on October 28, 2018
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Bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, the Brazilian Coast is one of the largest in the world and, like other areas on the planet, it suffers from pollution and predatory fishing. Martins brothers Felipe and Henrique will travel through the Brazilian Coast while scuba diving, observing and documenting the real situation of each area of its marine parks. As important as the evaluation of marine parks, the brothers want to demonstrate government and independent organizations actions as well as the relationship of local residents with fishing and preservation. The objective is to catalog cases of success, copying and adapting them to other Brazilian areas. In allowed areas, the brothers will shoot in virtual reality providing to society the opportunity to experience the difference between areas that have been successful in environmental preservation and areas that need special attention. In partnership with renowned Brazilian Film Maker Roberto Benatti, Martins Brothers will produce chapters of each part of the expedition.

October 28, 2018
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In The Field

"Na última sexta-feira, 21/06, parte da equipe do projeto Open Explorer da National Geographic, Brazilian Marine Parks, foi ao Parque Estadual Marinho da Laje de Santos com objetivo de filmar o local na expectativa de encontrar mantas. A expedição veio da parceria entre Felipe Martins, Embaixador da Padi, pesquisadores do Projeto Mantas do Brasil, Tartarugas Marinhas das Ilhas, Erika Beux e destemidos mergulhadores que aceitaram o desafio de encarar o mar revolto, cuja previsão climática alertava para ressaca naquele dia." (Fonte: DiveMag)


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Assista o Teaser da nossa expedição no vídeo abaixo!

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Debriefing

Os Oceanos de Plástico


Os cinco oceanos, Antártico, Ártico, Atlântico, Pacífico e Índico cobrem três quartos da superfície da Terra, contém 97% da água e representam 99% do espaço vivo do planeta.

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Na semana em que é comemorado o Dia Mundial dos Oceanos, queremos lembrar a importância que a água e os oceanos desempenham na manutenção da vida e do ecossistema como um todo e do papel que nós, como integrantes deste ciclo, temos em preservar sua integridade.

Atualmente, existem 5 trilhões de pedaços de plástico espalhados pelos mares, segundo relatório divulgado pela The Ocean Cleanup, organização holandesa de engenharia que desenvolve tecnologias para remover a poluição plástica dos oceanos.

Dentre este lixo, os mais conhecidos são os “plásticos de uso único” como cotonetes, sacolas de supermercado e canudos. Porém, existe um vilão ainda mais perigoso, imperceptível ao olho nu, que é desconhecido por muitos de nós, os microplásticos.

Os microplásticos são pequenos pedaços de plástico com diâmetro inferior a 5 milímetros. Sua existência no oceano pode ser atribuída a duas fontes principais: introdução direta via escoamento pelos rios e quebra de resíduos de plásticos maiores. Outras micropartículas de plástico podem ser encontradas também em diversos produtos de beleza e higiene pessoal como esfoliantes, shampoos, delineadores; em camisetas de poliéster; em sabões em pó e em linhas de pesca.

alt Arte: Bonie Monteleone

Uma pesquisa realizada pelo Departamento de Química e Engenharia Biomolecular da North Carolina State University, detectou que este tipo de material tem a capacidade de absorver poluentes orgânicos persistentes, conhecidos como POPs. Substâncias químicas presentes em agrotóxicos, pesticidas e fertilizantes são alguns dos contaminantes classificados na categoria acima.

Para ser considerada um poluente orgânico persistente, a substância deve:

  • Ser dificilmente degradada;
  • Persistir no meio ambiente por muito tempo;
  • Ter habilidade de ser facilmente transportada por longas distâncias pelo ar, água e solo;
  • Acumular-se em tecidos dos organismos vivos;
  • Causar efeitos tóxicos no meio ambiente e seres humanos.

A grande preocupação é que os microplásticos, ao serem despejados nos rios e oceanos, trazem sérias consequências para a cadeia trófica. Isto porque, as algas marinhas e pequenos animais que se alimentam destas micropartículas são ingeridos por peixes maiores que, por sua vez, são consumidos por nós, seres humanos.

Eliminar o plástico de nossas vidas não é uma tarefa fácil, é um exercício que requer esforços de todas as partes: instituições, indústrias, governantes e também de nós, consumidores.

Nós, como comunicadores e integrantes da sociedade, acreditamos que a educação ambiental é uma das principais ferramentas para promover a mudança e esperamos que comecemos a notar o impacto que nossos hábitos e modo de vida causam o meio ambiente e como acabam refletindo em nós mesmos.

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Como exploradores e ativistas, nós nos preocupamos e nos frustramos com acontecimentos que podem causar danos ambientais, muitas vezes irreparáveis, aos nossos rios, mares e florestas.


Na semana passada um vazamento de óleo causado pela Petrobras atingiu a Região dos Lagos, no Rio de Janeiro. O derramamento, proveniente da Bacia de Campos, aconteceu no dia 3 de Abril e sujou cinco praias do litoral fluminense que, segundo a estatal, já estão liberadas para banho. Este é o terceiro incidente causado pela Petrobras só neste ano.

A extensão e quantidade de óleo derramado ainda não foram confirmadas, mas equipes seguem analisando as áreas afetadas para identificar a origem do resíduo.

"Estão mobilizadas quatro embarcações com veículos de operação remota (ROVs) para inspeção submarina, além de sobrevoos diários na Bacia de Campos e ao longo da costa impactada, não tendo sido identificada a presença de óleo no mar da região," destaca a empresa.

Após ser contatada e questionada pela equipe da Brazilian Marine Parks sobre possíveis impactos na fauna, a estatal ainda não enviou um parecer.

Esperamos que a real causa deste incidente seja encontrada e que os responsáveis tomem as devidas providências para que eventos como este não se tornem corriqueiros.

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Por Luiza Vieira


O Arquipélago de Abrolhos não é conhecido apenas por suas belezas naturais, seus extensos recifes e sua biodiversidade. Ali, no fundo do mar, estão guardados segredos e histórias que transpassam séculos entre os escombros e pilares de embarcações. De acordo com o Sistema de Naufrágios (SINAU), existem 24 embarcações afundadas nas proximidades do arquipélago, mas acredita-se que há dezenas de outros naufrágios perdidos em Abrolhos.

alt Nossos exploradores partem para mais um mergulho em naufrágio. Nesse dia o desafio foi a baixa visibilidade.

Durante a nossa expedição, nós tivemos a oportunidade de visitar três navios desta lista: o Guadiana, navio inglês que afundou após se chocar com os recifes em 1885; o alemão Santa Catarina que foi capturado e derrotado pelo cruzador inglês H.M.S. Glasgow em 1914; e o Rosalinda, um dos naufrágios mais famosos do Brasil datado em 1955.

alt Apesar de muitos anos terem se passado ainda é possível reconhecer muitas partes do navio.

Mesmo após 60 anos, o navio Rosalinda permanece praticamente intacto. Ao se aproximar com o barco, já é possível enxergar parte de sua proa na superfície da água. Embaixo, entre duas cabeças de coral, é possível ver a extensa embarcação, o leme, dezenas de sacos petrificados e garrafas cobertas por algas. O cargueiro, que navegava em direção a Salvador, transportava cimento e cerveja quando ficou encalhado nos recifes do Parcel de Abrolhos. A tripulação foi obrigada a abandonar o barco que hoje é uma das atrações principais do parque marinho.

alt Belíssima imagem que mostra as belezas e os perigos de um naufrágio, como passagens estreitas, pontas de metal e a necessidade de uma ótima flutuabilidade e navegação.

Apesar de ser uma experiência única, o mergulho de naufrágio é complexo e exige domínio elevado dos mergulhadores. Ao longo dos anos, as embarcações começam a sofrer com o processo de corrosão provocado pela água salgada, e suas estruturas começam a desmantelar, podendo desabar a qualquer instante. Normalmente, o interior do naufrágio é escuro e possui uma enorme quantidade de sedimento, tanto no assoalho quanto no teto. Uma simples batida de nadadeira no fundo da embarcação ou bolhas soltadas pelo mergulhador que batem no teto, podem liberar uma grande quantidade de suspensão, dificultando a visibilidade.

alt Restos do navio agora dividem local com uma rica diversidade de seres vivos como corais, anêmonas, algas e peixes.

Além disso, a maioria dos navios afundados se encontram em profundidades maiores, levando a um maior consumo de ar devido a pressão. Isso, somados a ansiedade de explorar o local, demandam grande experiência do mergulhador no uso do manômetro, equipamento que controla a quantidade de ar no cilindro. Por isso, a pessoa que deseja se aventurar, precisa primeiro obter uma certificação avançada de mergulho com especialização em naufrágios.

alt Parte da nossa equipe de produção. Da esquerda para direita: Roberto Benatti, Carol Brenck e Felipe Martins.

Mesmo já tendo mergulhado outras vezes, alguns membros de nossa equipe sentiram o baque de passar alguns dias em alto mar. Enjoo e dores de cabeça são sintomas que podem acontecer, por isso a importância de se ter um bom preparo físico e uma equipe profissional de confiança para acompanhar. No fim, ser explorador é isso, é se deparar com os desafios, aprender com os erros e superar as dificuldades que aparecem pela frente.

Naufrágios Artificiais no Brasil

Você sabia que naufrágios artificiais podem, além de atrair turistas, contribuir para o desenvolvimento do ecossistema marinho?

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A prática, que vem se tornando frequente nos últimos anos, consiste em afundar, de maneira assistida, embarcações em desuso com intuito de formar recifes, desenvolver uma cadeia alimentar e fomentar o ecoturismo em regiões litorâneas. Só em Pernambuco, já foram naufragados mais de 10 rebocadores ao longo da costa, segundo matéria divulgada pelo Diário de Pernambuco. O local, que é conhecido como o Parque dos Naufrágios Naturais, recebe centenas de turistas todos os anos

alt Os naufrágios artificiais abrigam uma grande diversidade de vida marinha. ( Fonte: Atlantis Divers )

A criação de um recife natural não é tão simples quanto parece. Fatores como local de afundamento e limpeza das estruturas devem ser levados em consideração para que o naufrágio não cause um impacto ambiental. .

Artificial ou natural, todo naufrágio carrega consigo histórias e belezas únicas. Para nós, mergulhadores, só nos resta aproveitar. Claro que sempre de forma consciente e responsável, respeitando a natureza e os seres que nela habitam.

Amigos, precisamos ir agora! Chegamos no ponto de mergulho. Chequem seus equipamentos e preparem-se para a próxima aventura 👌

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Today we have the second photo post from our expedition to Abrolhos!


Hope you like it!

alt The briefing is one of the most important moments of the dive. All dive spot information, as well as safety warnings, are now reported by a local instructor.

alt Unfortunately, many corals are in the process of bleaching.

alt During the night many daytime fishes hide to rest.

alt And very exotic nocturnal species go out to feed themselves.

alt One of the most beautiful animals we found are the anemones. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find them because many people illegally collect and sell them on the black market.

alt It is very important to always have a camera with good artificial lighting to get good images.

Soon our third post!

Felipe Martins

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In The Field

Part of our team attended "Hora do Planeta" host by World Wildlife Fund (WWF Brazil). The event gathered several researches and professionals to discussed the human effects on Planet Earth.
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The Martins´ Brothers participated in the entire event, and had the opportunity to meet and talk with two reference leaders in the area of activism, Journalist Paulina Chamorro, a collaborator of NatGeo Brasil, and publisher for @radiovozes, and Gabriela Yamaguchi engagement director at WWF Brazil. alt (Henrique Martins, Paulina Chamorro, Gabriela Yamaguchi, Felipe Martins after the event)

All participants received a small plant pot as a souvenir written, "Connected on the Planet", remembering the role humanity plays in protecting and preserving the world." alt (Each participant took home a succulent plant, Photo: Henrique Martins)

Even though we are not in an expedition, our team is always participating and interacting in events, lectures, and discussions so that our content is newsworthy and our actions are increasingly efficient.

Felipe and Henrique Martins

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Debriefing

Everyone loves to see photos!
That's why our team set up a series of 4 posts with incredible photos of our trip to the Abrolhos Archipelago! We hope you like it!

Photos: Carol Brenck

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alt That sunset that gives us a feeling of gratitude.

alt As they say: "after the storm, the rainbow appears"

alt Shipwrecks are immersed in history and culture!

alt That moment you are already in the water waiting for the other divers to be ready!

alt Our Photographer Carol always with an artistic look!

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by Felipe Martins

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By Roberto Benatti


As soon as we arrived in Abrolhos we run the first tests with the Open Rov Trident Underwater Drone .

While we are preparing all the material that we made, here is a little teaser.

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Assim que chegamos em Abrolhos, realizamos os primeiros testes com o drone subaquático Trident OpenROV. Enquanto preparamos todo o material que fizemos, segue um pequeno teaser.

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by Felipe Martins.
Our team is very excited about using the Drone OpenRov!

Soon our producer will show drone videos in action! Meanwhile, see below some photos of our first test in the Abrolhos Archipelago.

alt The first test was done in waters with good visibility and without current.

alt Our team tested the drone in low visibility and light situations. The equipment did very well!

alt Our scuba guru, Sergio Amarante, and our producer, Roberto Benatti, were responsible for handling, preparing and piloting the drone.

alt You will not believe the pictures and videos our drone did, especially on night dives! We cant wait to show you...

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In The Field

Abram os olhos para os corais sem cores de Abrolhos
Por Luiza Vieira

O Arquipélago dos Abrolhos, localizado ao sul do litoral da Bahia, foi o primeiro Parque Nacional Marinho criado no Brasil, em 1983, mas 150 anos antes o local já chamara a atenção do cientista Charles Darwin. Com seus 46 mil quilômetros quadrados, o arquipélago é considerado a região de maior biodiversidade marinha do Atlântico Sul.

Suas águas quentes e a grande oferta de alimento, tornam-se um atrativo para as baleias-jubarte, que todo inverno nadam do litoral sul do continente até a Bahia, onde nascem os filhotes. Além de ser morada para mais de 150 espécies de peixes e refúgio para as tartarugas-marinhas, Abrolhos possui umas das maiores extensões de coral do planeta.

Dentre eles estão os chapeirões, colossais colunas coralinas que crescem sobre o fundo do oceano e se abrem em arcos próximos à superfície, podendo atingir até 20 metros de altura e 50 metros de diâmetro no topo, uma espécie de “cogumelo aquático”. Quando os recifes ficam muito próximos uns aos outros, o topo de suas colunas acabam unindo-se formando imensas plataformas, os bancos recifais.

alt Muitos chapeirões, devido ao seu crescimento, se encontram nas partes superiores, criando incríveis formações e pequenas passagens que entretêm e desafiam os mergulhadores. Crédito: Felipe Martins.

alt As gigantescas formações de chapeirões impressionam os mergulhadores e servem de abrigo para uma grande quantidade de espécies marinhas. Crédito: Felipe Martins.

Abrolhos é o único lugar do mundo onde é possível encontrar o coral Mussismilia braziliensis, mais conhecido como coral-cérebro, nomeado por conta de sua aparência com o órgão humano.

alt Mussismilia braziliensis. Crédito: Felipe Martins

alt Mussismilia braziliensis. Crédito: Felipe Martins

Durante nossos mergulhos, tivemos a chance de ver, de perto, a beleza, a diversidade e a complexidade das gigantescas formações coralíneas que também abrigam incontáveis espécies de peixes, algas, e animais exóticos. Não é difícil observar que ali existe um rico ecossistema que vive de forma sinérgica e sustentável. Infelizmente não foi difícil também encontrar em quase todos os mergulhos corais em processo de branqueamento. Sua distinta cor branca se destaca no meio dos recifes, deixando a mostra que esses corais estão sob forte estresse.

alt A formação dos chapeirões abriga uma diversidade enorme de vida. Na foto um pequeno camarão de anêmona em simbiose com uma Passiflora. Crédito: Felipe Martins.

Os recentes casos de branqueamento de corais como o ocorrido na Austrália em 2017, tem preocupado comunidades científicas ao redor do mundo e o arquipélago baiano está sofrendo também os efeitos deste fenômeno ambiental.

Em situações normais os corais saudáveis vivem em uma relação de simbiose com as algas que habitam dentro de suas células. Essas pequeninas algas fotossintetizantes são as responsáveis por dar cor e produzir energia para os corais.

A alta temperatura da água, a poluição de nutrientes e sedimentos , são alguns dos fatores que podem causar a saída das algas que habitam os corais, afetando sua saudabilidade provocando o seu desbotamento.

Sem as algas, os corais perdem a cor e também a capacidade de realizar a fotossíntese, tornando-se fracos. Caso o coral não consiga se recuperar, ele morre e fica coberto por algas filamentosas.

Em matéria divulgada pelo portal “O Globo”, um recente estudo realizado pela Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) detectou a presença de metais como cobre e zinco na região do parque marinho.

Pesquisa realizada recentemente na Austrália, aponta que a existência de metais pesados em ecossistemas recifais aumenta a probabilidade de branqueamento dos mesmos.

No Brasil, os recifes de coral estendem-se por aproximadamente 3 km de costa de Norte a Sul, e são de suma importância não apenas biológica, mas também econômica para as comunidades litorâneas. Que, através da conscientização e preservação, possamos manter Abrolhos como o mesmo paraíso encontrado por Darwin em 1832.

“As ilhas dos Abrolhos, vistas de uma certa distância, são de um verde brilhante. A vegetação consiste de plantas suculentas e gramina, entremeadas com alguns arbustos e cactos. Embora pequena, a coleção de plantas de Abrolhos contém quase todas as espécies que ali florescem. Pássaros da família dos totipalmados são extremamente abundantes, tais como atobás, rabos-de-palha e fragatas. Talvez o mais surpreendente seja o número de sáurios; quase todas as pedras têm o seu lagarto correspondente; aranhas em grande número; o mesmo com ratos. O fundo do mar em volta é densamente coberto por enormes corais cerebriformes; muitos tinham mais de uma jarda (90 cm) de diâmetro." (Aventuras e Descobertas de Darwin a bordo do Beagle, Richard Keynes).

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Debriefing

Yes! We have a video!


Our producer Roberto Benatti has prepared a surprise for you! A teaser about our trip to Abrolhos!

Hope you like it!!

Our special thanks to our partners: Abrolhos Embarcações Alto Mar Mergulho S.E.E. PADI OpenRov Martins Productions Direito de Voar

Felipe Martins Executive Director of Brazilian Marine Parks

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Great video! Keep up the good work!

We've finally arrived from our trip to the Archipelago of Abrolhos!
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In the next few days, we will be talking about several subjects related to this expedition, such as: -Our first time using the ROV underwater drone during the day and night. -The great bleaching of the corals observed in the reefs. -The 3 historical wrecks visited by our team. -The unique coral formation of the chapeirões. -Challenges of our expedition

I would like to thank each member of this adventure, from the production team to the crew of the boat, the cooker; all of you were essential for the success of this expedition. alt alt alt alt

I can’t wait to see all videos and photos!

Felipe Martins Executive Director Brazilian Marine Parks

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Preparation

Trident Open ROV - Hands On -
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After being certified with S.E.E - Science Exploration Education we look forward to the arrival of the long-awaited Underwater Drone - Trident OpenROV.

alt Credit: Roberto Benatti

I performed the first tests in Alto Mar Dive Center with our instructor, Sérgio Amarante and I was amazed with how powerful and quick Trident Open Rov moves around.

alt Credit: Roberto Benatti

alt Credit: Roberto Benatti

We hope the drone will help us to reach and discover secretes hidden in deep blue and secluded places where we can't get to. Tests done and calibrated hands, we now set out for Abrolhos for our first equipped expedition to put it in action at its natural habitat!

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Português Brasil 🇧🇷

Após sermos certificados com pela S.E.E - Science Exploration Education aguardamos ansiosamente por alguns meses a chegada do tão esperado Drone Subaquático Trident -OpenROV.

Realizei os primeiros testes na Alto Mar Dive Center com nosso instrutor de mergulho Sérgio Amarante.

Logo nos primeiros testes conseguimos sentir o quão potente e efetivo esse cara será para nossas expedições. Espero que este drone possa nos ajudar a explorar e descobrir os segredos profundos na imensidão azul desbravando por lugares onde até hoje não conseguimos ir.

Testes feitos e mãos calibradas, agora partimos para a Abrolhos para a primeira expedição equipados e definitivamente colocá-lo em ação em seu habitat natural!

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In The Field

We cant wait to see the documentary about Ilha Grande-RJ ready!


Check out this Teaser!

Thank you for supporting us:

Sotto Mare / Alto Mar Mergulho / Open Explorer NatGeo / PADI / S.E.E / ROV Trident / Project Aware / Direito de Voar / Bio2 Organic / Angra Emporio

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Looks like a great project guys and a fantastic coastline to explore. Please Follow our Black Bream Project to see how we are exploring some of the UK's Marine Protected Areas and raising awareness of the amazing wildlife there. There's some great ideas in your blog here so I'm going to take a long read and see what we can apply to our projects. Cheers!

Post by Marine Biologist, Luiza Gomes.


"Hello! This is Luiza, the expedition's marine biologist. I'm here to share with you my experience during the high season in Tamandaré beach, located in the state of Pernambuco. Since the beginning of January, I have been working with ICMBIO, an environmental government agency in Brazil focused on biodiversity conservation.

During summer season, Tamandaré welcomes tourists from all over the world due to its incredible beauty, warm climate and the presence of an extensive coral reef. Tourism is one of the main economic drivers of the city, gerenating tons of jobs and opportunities for locals. However, as it happens in most cases, economic burst also generates trash ... a lot of trash.

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The reasons? Besides problems with overcrowding during peak seasons, improper waste disposal and littering, the coast of Tamandaré has characteristics that makes it easier for trash accumulation. The shape of the bay prevents the circulation of water and the city is located in a drainage basin, that is, the rivers cross cities with a precarious system of waste management to finally reach the sea. This situation also affects coral reefs, which are getting smaller because of pollution and rising ocean temperatures.

Regardless of these factors, the attitude of certain tourists is what continues to deteriorate Tamandaré's ecosystem. In order to reduce the damages of improper waste disposal and encourage recycling, local bars and restaurants, especially those at the seaside, are placing bins both inside and outside. Additionally, some practices such as environmental awareness and actions to collect garbage are also carried out by groups, institutions, and projects.

Tamandaré is just one of many paradisiacal landscapes around the world that suffers from pollution and trash. Population awareness is undoubtedly the main solution to solve this problem. The planet earth is the home of all living beings and must be respected as such."

For more information about ICMBIO: http://www.icmbio.gov.br/portal/

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By Felipe Martins
As we prepare for our next expedition (Abrolhos - March) We would like to show and promote some projects that are happening in Brazil with the goal of reducing sea pollution and raising awareness of the population about sustainable tourism. Today we are going to talk to Fernanda from Let's Dive (Dive Center), located in Maceió, and who performed an excellent cleaning work (Day Against Debris) in the natural pool of Pajuçara.

alt Data: https://www.projectaware.org/debris-data/piscina-natural-da-pajucara-maceio

"I've always been in love with the ocean! I graduated as Business Administrator and worked as logistics coordinator for 8 years.

But in 2011 I decided to change my life and I quit my job in a big company in São Paulo to become a Diving Instructor. Since then, diving has been my life! Nowadays I am one of the owners of Let's Dive (www.letsdive.com.br),,) a diving school in Maceió.

I wanted to have more contact with nature. I did not want to spend my days stuck in an office. I wanted to live a more meaningful life and help to build a better world!

Let's Dive is the only PADI Career Development Center (CDC) in South America today. We specialize in divemaster and dive instructor training.

In fact, we help other people who have the desire of traveling the world and experience new adventures to accomplish this dream by following a diving instructor career.

We create intensive training, making possible for students to go from zero to hero (dive instructor) in a maximum of 6 months. Here our students stay in the Let's Dive House, where they live the 24-hour dive. Here they learn about equipment maintenance, cylinder recharging, equipment separation and more."

Video: Lets Dive - Dive Center

More Info (Portuguese): https://querotrabalharcommergulho.com.br/diferenciais-lets-dive/alojamento/

About Project Aware: https://www.projectaware.org

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Hi there! Benatti here, I´m the Expedition Producer !


This time I’m also using the keyboard instead use uniquely my cameras to register and report what we are in charge of this days.

The situation in some of the most attractive parts of the Brazilian Coast.

My Mission: Rio de Janeiro

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There’s no doubt that the New Years Eve in Rio de Janeiro is the most coveted place of the Brazilians and tourist all over the world that came into to watch the classic Fire Works Show on the gorgeous beaches.

Only in Copacabana Beach, the most classic of the town, this year receive 2.8M people to watch almost 15 minutes of fireworks, big concerts and attractions over the night what makes the perfect combination to product tons of garbage. That´s why I decided to split this report in three parts.

Following the questions in opening post of this National Geographic Open Explorer series called "New Year Old Problems" here we go with my contribuition, and this is first one.

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What is the rubbish situation on the beaches and the sea?

Far from ideal. I could see some awareness from some people but there’s a lot os plastic, cups, papers, packages, bags and leftovers.

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Cups and Plastic Can: Predominant in the water. I believe that the transparence make difficult see and its more easy to ignore them. I could get some that was in my reach including some already with proliferation of sludge, some yogurt cups (with the thicker plastic) and believe it or not, some beer cans.

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Packages and Bags: Deep parts of Water but Predominant in the sand, barried and on the sidewalks.

Cans: The fact of aluminum have some price in the market theres a lot of collectors but I see a fact that cracks my out. One man drinking beer just drop the empty the can in the water like no one was observe. alt

There some interesting facts about the Straw Cone situation that I found and I'm gonna talk about it at the next post. ST!

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New year, old problems?
During the hot summer months, millions of Brazilians travel to the coastal regions to enjoy their vacations. Some coastal cities even receive 4 times more tourists than their local population.

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All of this impacts on the infrastructure of cities, increasing, for example, the production of garbage and sewage, forcing municipalities to take temporary measures to maintain order, safety, and cleanliness in cities.

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Our Explorers decided to visit several Brazilian regions in order to follow the real situation of each area and answer some questions: What is the rubbish situation on the beaches and the sea? What is the level of awareness of the population and tourists? How do governments act to minimize the impact on the environment?

Explorer / Areas:

Felipe and Renata - São Paulo Coast (Santos, São Vicente and Praia Grande)

Luiza - São Paulo Coast (Juquehy)

Paulo - Northeast (Maceio)

Sérgio - Rio de Janeiro Coast (Cabo Frio)

Benatti - Rio de Janeiro Coast

Reports in the next posts. Stay tuned!

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* Save the date! *
We already have the date of the next Brazilian Marine Parks expedition! March 2019 in the amazing Abrolhos Archipelago!

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About: The Abrolhos Archipelago (Portuguese: Arquipélago de Abrolhos) are a group of 5 small islands with coral reefs off the southern coast of Bahia state in the northeast of Brazil. Caravelas is the nearest town. Their name comes from the Portuguese: abrolho ("Abre Olhos" meaning: Open your eyes), a rock awash or submerged sandbank that is a danger to ships.

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Want to join us?behappy@gomartins.org

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Martins Brothers travel to the Caribbean
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One of the missions of our expedition is to find examples of sustainable tourism that respect the environment and local populations. These examples can be adapted to the communities of the Brazilian coast, reducing pollution and improving the quality of life of the natives as well as attracting even more tourists contributing to the local economy. The Martins brothers traveled to Punta Cana, a famous tourist area of the Dominican Republic. During the trip, the brothers analyzed the amount of litter on the beaches as well as tried to find ways to minimize the amount of plastics in the ocean. Let's see what the brothers found there:

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alt In many hotels paper cups are used to drink water, avoiding the production of plastic trash.

alt For Drinks and other beverages, reusable plastic cups are used, in addition, the cup is heavier than normal, preventing it from being carried by the wind to the sea.

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Is this a sustainable tourism model? share your opinion in the comments.

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Hello!
Today our post will bring our official expedition banner and our important mission! Hope you like it!

Felipe Martins Executive Director @fezaomartins

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Post By Luiza Gomes - Marine Biologist


Plastics are in our everyday life, serving various uses and helping us in many ways. But in what situations is it irreplaceable? And to what extent is it essential?

Plastic is a material of difficult degradation and has already been found in the most inhospitable places of our planet. A plastic bag was found more than 11,000 meters in depth and, recently, microplastics appeared in the human intestine. The reason? The plastic material, when exposed to the physical, chemical and biological factors of our planet, changes. It is diluting, degrading and shattering over time. At the water, it spreads and ends up becoming food for all types of animals, from the microscopes, like planktons, even the giants, like whales. In addition, fish feed on smaller fish, which feed on even smaller fish and so on, accumulating microplastics at each feeding. The plastic becomes "ordinary" within the food chain. But who feeds on these animals? We!

Unfortunately, during the first stage of our expedition, we came across this scenario. During one of the dives on Ilha Grande, it was filmed by our team, a huge amount of garbage floating, with plastic being the most abundant. Meanwhile, the entire marine ecosystem of the island living normally in its natural habitat, feeding and reproducing, with a toxic material being part of these processes. Even a beautiful and preserved place like Ilha Grande Island is being affected by the microplastics.

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The plastic is not irreplaceable. There are several alternatives to avoid it and refuse it. So, to what extent will human selfishness destroy planet earth? And to what extent, this same selfishness, will destroy ourselves?

To read more about plastics and clean ocean check:https://www.projectaware.org

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"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever ... It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything. " Aaron Siskind


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The expedition Brazilian Marine Parks aims to produce incredible content, beautiful images that show our experience, mission, goals, difficulties and moments of relaxation. One of the dreams of our team is to hold a great public photo exhibition, so thousands of people can access, see and feel what our explorers have experienced.

To produce and prepare all of the photographic content as well as our future exhibition, we present our official photographer, Carol Brenck.

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Graduate and postgraduate in Business Administration and Project Management. She attended part of the psychology course at the University of Texas, in the United States. Former swimming and soccer athlete she is photography and nature lover, dedicating herself exclusively to the photos.

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“Hi, I’m Carol. I’m a photographer, artist and nature lover. Art and photography have always been around my life and my family. I was born and raised amongst nature, surrounded by life and adventures. I believe we wake up everyday with a purpose. And I found mine! My mission is to document life in its most diverse forms, eternalizing moments through lights, colors, and shadows. I believe that each individual needs to be aware of its importance to our nature. Through my images, I want to inspire and motivate people to do their part to build a better world for all of us.” Carol Brenck

Curiosity: Carol collects species of succulent plants as a hobby and already owns more than 200 species. (Photo Matheus Tiburcio )

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Throughout our travels, courses, lectures, and discussions, our explorers realized that the situation of the Brazilian Coast goes far beyond regional influences. Pollution, predatory fishing, laws, inspections, punishments have relations with the whole history and culture of the country and their causes and consequences are intertwined with the most distinct areas ranging from politics, economics, international relations, geography to education and awareness of the mechanisms that interfere with the environment.

The consequences on the Brazilian coast are related to causes that start thousands of kilometers far away from the sea, in areas called Hydrographic Basin. alt Amazonia Hydrographic Basin is the largest in the world.

What is a Hydrographic Basin? “The Hydrographic Basin is any area of land where precipitation collects and drains off into a common outlet, such as into a river, bay, or other body of water. The drainage basin includes all the surface water from rain runoff, snowmelt, and nearby streams that run downslope towards the shared outlet, as well as the groundwater underneath the earth's surface. Drainage basins connect into other drainage basins at lower elevations in a hierarchical pattern, with smaller sub-drainage basins, which in turn drain into another common outlet.” alt

Brazil has today one of the largest hydrographic basins in the world that is divided into 8 large areas that cut Brazil from east to west and from north to south. alt Fonte: www.portalbrasil.net

Today our explorers know that in order to understand what is happening in the Brazilian Marine Parks, we will have to "dive" into the most diverse geographic, political, historical, cultural and anthropological areas of our country ... We will have to travel and know with our own eyes the immensity of Brazil.

Pack your bags, 2019 is coming ...

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Ao longo das nossas viagens, cursos, palestras e discussões, nossos exploradores perceberam que a situação da Costa Brasileira vai muito além das influências regionais. A poluição, a pesca predatória, leis, fiscalizações, punições possuem relações com toda a história e cultura do país e suas causas e consequências estão interligadas com as mais distintas áreas que vão desde a política, economia, relações internacionais, geografia até a educação e conscientização de cada indivíduo sobre os mecanismos que interferem no meio ambiente.

As consequências na costa brasileira estão relacionadas a causas que começam milhares de quilômetros para dentro do continente, em áreas chamadas Bacias Hidrográficas.

O que são Bacias Hidrográficas: "Bacia hidrográfica é uma área onde ocorre a drenagem da água das chuvas para um determinado curso de água (geralmente um rio). Com o terreno em declive, a água de diversas fontes (rios, ribeirões, córregos, etc) deságuam num determinado rio, formando assim uma bacia hidrográfica. Logo, uma bacia hidrográfica é formada por um rio principal (as vezes dois ou três) e um conjunto de afluentes que deságuam neste rio principal."

O Brasil possui hoje uma das maiores bacias hidrográficas do mundo, a Bacia Amazônica, que é dividia em 8 grandes áreas que cortam o brasil de leste a oeste e de norte a sul.

Nossos exploradores hoje sabem, que para entendermos o que acontece nos Parques Marinhos do Brasil, vamos ter que “mergulhar” nas mais diversas áreas geográficas, políticas, históricas, culturais e antropológicas do nosso país... Vamos ter que viajar e conhecer com nossos próprios olhos a imensidão do Brasil.

Preparem as malas, 2019 está chegando...

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I once heard a phrase that only recently made sense to me:

"The more you learn, the less you know... but more you teach." (Antônio M.)

Yesterday we received a very special invitation to participate in the International Forum of Sustainable Development, where some of world's most qualified professionals in the field would talk about the environment, renewable energy, media, activism, among other topics. (more info http://sustentar.net/2018 )

It would also be present in this meeting renowned companies that develop and sponsor socio-environmental projects in Brazil. alt Photo: Carol Brenck

Our team saw a great opportunity to learn from professionals who are already in the field researching and studying for many years. Our professionals were attentive, as they asked questions and realized that we Brazilians have much to improve in the understanding of nature.

The youth of today love to travel, to appreciate beautiful images, and to enjoy freedom, but they have a very superficial view of the environment and its mechanisms, motives, and consequences.

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At the end of the lectures we found a very special person, Gabriela Yamaguchi, director of the renowned WWF (the World Wide Fund for Nature). We had about 60 minutes of conversation. Mrs. Yamaguchi showed incredible knowledge about all variables that permeate the environment, such as pollution, politics, laws, history, media, among others. More than expressing knowledge, Gabriela Yamaguchi showed such great passion that thrilled our entire team. alt Photo: Carol Brenck

We went home realizing we need to learn and study a lot…and have good people by our side. ![alt] As they say:

"The more you learn, the less you know ... but more you teach"

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Certa vez eu escutei uma frase, que apenas há pouco tempo fez sentido pra mim

“Quanto mais se aprende, menos se sabe... mais se ensina.” (Antônio M.)

Ontem recebemos um convite muito especial para participar do Fórum Internacional de Desenvolvimento Sustentável, onde alguns dos profissionais mais capacitados do mundo falariam sobre meio ambiente, energias renováveis, mídia, ativismo, dentre outros temas.

Nesse encontro também estariam presentes grandes empresas renomadas que desenvolvem e patrocinam projetos socioambientais em todo país.

Nossa equipe viu uma grande oportunidade de aprender com profissionais que já estão lutando, pesquisando e estudando a área há muitos anos.

Nossos profissionais ficaram atentos, fizeram perguntas e perceberam que nós brasileiros temos muito a melhorar no entendimento da natureza como um todo.

Nossos jovens de hoje adoram viajar, apreciar belas imagens e curtir a liberdade, mas ao mesmo tempo têm uma visão muito superficial sobre o meio ambiente, seus os mecanismos, motivos e consequências.

(E nesse grupo da sociedade que vamos focar durante nossa expedição, produzir belas imagens e aventuras para prender a atenção dos jovens e ao mesmo tempo levar conteúdo, conscientização e o ativismo.)

Ao final das palestras encontramos uma pessoa muito especial, Gabriela Yamaguchi, diretora da renomada WWF. Foram aproximadamente 60 minutos de conversa. Sra Yamaguchi mostrava um conhecimento muito grande sobre todos os assuntos que permeiam o meio ambiente, como poluição, política, leis, história, mídia, dentre outros. Mais do que conhecimento, Gabriela Yamaguchi mostrava uma paixão tão grande que contagiou e emocionou toda nossa equipe. Saímos de lá percebendo o quando ainda precisamos estudar, aprender e ter pessoas do bem ao nosso lado...

Como dizem:

“Quanto mais se aprende, menos se sabe... mais se ensina.”

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After the first part of the expedition we entered one of the most important phases of the project. While our producer watches over 100 gigabytes of drone, land and underwater videos, seeking to edit and prepare our documentary, the other part of our team analyzes data, interviews and collected photos, trying to evaluate the environmental situations found in the region, proposals that can help local communities.

(This week we will have a series of posts on the subject!) alt It is not easy for a lay person, during a dive, to understand the levels and conditions of environmental preservation that are found in those areas. What may seem normal, like beautiful white corals, can easily demonstrate to a specialist that something is not going well. As well as a cluster of tires on the seabed can serve as shelter for species of aquatic fauna.

In 2018, seeking this critical look as well as a increasing of knowledge, the Martins brothers performed a course that would change the way they see the dives. The Project Aware course, provided by PADI, is a non-compulsory specialization for divers, but in our opinion all divers should do it.

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The Project Aware today is one of the largest marine protection NGOs and has a history of more than 26 years of hard work.

I had the opportunity to speak with one of the leaders of this incredible project, Danna Moore, and it became very clear to me the level of professionalism and responsibility of this team that travels the world with a mission:

"Project AWARE connects the passion for ocean adventure with the purpose of marine conservation"

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I invite all our readers to get in touch with this fantastic project as well as to take the course of this incredible specialty, becoming conscious divers, contributing to a cleaner and healthier ocean for all. Visit: www.projectaware.org

Next post: Our experts talk about what they found in the waters of Ilha Grande.

Português:

Após a primeira parte da expedição entramos numa das fases mais importantes do projeto. Enquanto nosso produtor assiste os mais de 100 gigas de vídeos de drone, terrestres e subaquáticos, buscando editar e preparar nosso documentário, a outra parte da nossa equipe analisa dados, entrevistas e fotos coletadas, tentando avaliar as situações ambientais encontradas na região, pensando em propostas que possam ajudar as comunidades locais.

Dessa forma na próxima semana teremos uma série de posts sobre o assunto! Não é fácil para uma pessoa leiga, durante um mergulho, entender os níveis e condições de preservação ambiental que se encontram aquelas áreas. O que pode parecer normal, como belos corais brancos, pode facilmente demonstrar para um especialista que algo não está ocorrendo bem. Assim como um aglomerado de pneus no fundo do mar podem servir de abrigo para espécies da fauna aquática.

Em 2018, buscando esse olhar crítico assim como um aprofundamento de conhecimentos, os irmãos Martins realizaram um curso que iria mudar a trajetória e a forma de ver os mergulhos. O curso do Project Aware, disponibilizado pela PADI, é uma especialização não obrigatória para mergulhadores, mas que na nossa opinião todos os mergulhadores deveriam fazer.

O Projeto Aware hoje é uma das maiores ONGs de proteção dos oceanos e já conta com uma história de mais de 26 anos de muita dedicação. Tive a oportunidade de conversar com um dos líderes desse projeto incrível, Danna Moore, ficando muito claro pra mim o nível de profissionalismo e responsabilidade desse time que viaja pelo mundo com uma missão:

“Project AWARE connects the passion for ocean adventure with the purpose of marine conservation”

E é exatamente nessa linha de pensamento que nossa equipe busca tocar os espectadores, mostrando que aventura e ativismo são uma combinação incrível para nosso planeta.

Convido a todos nossos leitores a conhecerem esse projeto fantástico assim como fazerem o curso dessa incrível especialidade, tornando-se mergulhadores conscientes, contribuindo para um oceano mais limpo e saudável para todos. Visite: www.projectaware.org

Próximo post: Nossos especialistas falam sobre o que encontraram nas águas de Ilha Grande.

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Day 4

"The Voyage of Discovery lies not in finding new landscapes, but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

alt The fourth day of the expedition, weariness begins to bother our explorers. We are sleeping from 3 to 4h a night. Because we have a reduced team, even after a long day of work, we need to back up all the material produced, choose and treat some photos and prepare our post for Open Explorer. In addition, we still need to organize the next day's logistics, with schedules, meals, and script.

When we visit a new place we have to study a lot about it, if we are going to a shipwreck we need to know every detail of the story, about marine life, ocean conditions, everything enriches the texts that we are going to produce.

alt On this day 4 we would have a great challenge ahead, we would go to the famous wreck of Pinguino, which on that day would have low visibility conditions and very cold waters in the deepest regions of the ship. In addition, wreck diving is something technical, where only advanced divers can perform. To illustrate, imagine that the ship is something made of metal and has been soaked in salt water for decades, all rusted and falling apart. To penetrate a ship, bumping into some beam can be very dangerous. In addition, few know, but the bubbles that the divers produce are joining the roof of the ship, making a pressure upwards and consequently can lead to the collapse of the structure. alt alt So the moment of the briefing is very important and should be done by experienced divers. In this case, the briefing was done by the local instructor Michel and our specialist Sérgio Amarante.

alt The Pinguino is a Panamanian ship that sank in 1967 due to an uncontrolled fire. Very well known in the region for being in good condition.

In addition to the beautiful structure, our divers still found a rich life inside the ship. Check out some photos, Can you help us figure out what these species are? alt alt alt alt

Português Dia 4 “The Voyage of Discovery lies not in finding new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust

Quarto dia de expedição, o cansaço já começa a incomodar nossos exploradores. Estamos dormindo de 3 a 4h por noite. Por estarmos com uma equipe reduzida, mesmo após um longo dia de expedição, precisamos fazer o back up de todo o material produzido, escolher e tratar algumas fotos e preparar nosso post para o Open Explorer. Além disso ainda precisamos organizar a logística do dia seguinte, com horários, refeições e script.

Quando visitamos um novo local temos que estudar muito sobre ele, se vamos á um naufrágio precisamos saber cada detalhe da história, sobre a vida marinha, condições do oceano, tudo enriquece os textos que vamos produzir. Nesse dia 4 teríamos um grande desafio pela frente, iríamos ao famoso naufrágio pinguinho, que naquele dia estaria com condições de baixa visibilidade e com águas muito frias nas regiões mais fundas do navio. Somado a isso o mergulho em naufrágio é algo técnico, onde somente mergulhadores avançados podem realizar. Para exemplificar, imagine que o navio é algo feito de metal e está mergulhado em água salgada á décadas, todo enferrujado e se desfazendo. Penetrar num navio, esbarrar em alguma viga pode ser muito perigoso. Além disso, poucos sabem, mas as bolhas que os mergulhadores produzem vão se juntando no teto do navio, fazendo uma pressão para cima e consequentemente podendo levar ao colapso da estrutura.

Por isso o momento do briefing é muito importante e deve ser feito por mergulhadores experientes. Nesse caso, o briefing foi feito pelo instrutor local Michel e pelo nosso especialista Sérgio Amarante.

O Pinguino é um navio Panamenho que afundou em 1967, devido a um incêndio incontrolado. Muito conhecido na região por estar em bom estado de conservação. Além da linda estrutura nossos mergulhadores ainda encontraram uma rica vida dentro do navio. Confira algumas fotos:

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Day 3 Hunting centuries-old treasures and visiting ruins of great historical value.

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Sheltering a wide variety of beaches, from the calmest to the most turbulent, from the Caribbean-colored seas to mangrove areas, today Island Ilha Grande has a highly preserved Atlantic Forest, rich in variety of animals and plants. alt

But today, on the third day of the expedition, we plan something different and daring. Together with our historian, we mapped the whole island, raising historical data, from the 16th to the 19th centuries, from battles and revolutions, pirate visits and the African slave trade. The purpose of this survey was to mark points of greater concentration and flow of people throughout history, where we would focus our efforts in pursuit of treasures using our metal detectors.

We arrived on the Island around 10 a.m and started a trail through the Environmental Protection Park. A hard trail, steep and with many obstacles, forcing our explorers to make several stops for recovery and logistics. After about 2h of trail our detectors had not found anything relevant, it was when our producer Benatti reflected on where they could be hidden: "With such a large island, with such dense vegetation, it would be very easy to lose or forget the exact spot where the treasures were hidden, if I were a pirate I would hide near some construction of the island," said Benatti.

At that very moment we had a meeting with the group, and we chose two targets to conduct the research:

alt 1) Aqueduct - Construction of historical value, built by slaves using stones and whale oil, more than 125m in length and 30m in height. It was an area of great passage of people, including the emperor of Brazil, Dom Pedro II, very much enjoyed to sit in the next to the construction to study and to write.

2) Lazareto Prison, built in 1871 to house ill immigrants arriving from other countries. Functioning as a quarantine hospital until 1913, when it was totally deactivated and later reopened as a prison.

alt We started the searches in these locations and it was not long before our detector began to make some noise, showing on its display that there were metals of various types just below our feet. We marked the areas and continued to track the region. Our detector kept emitting sounds, which varied in frequency according to the metal found. We began the excavations ...

(to be continued...)

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Dia 3

Caçando tesouros centenários e visitando ruínas de grande valor histórico.

Abrigando uma grande variedade de praias, das mais calmas até as mais turbulentas, dos mares de cor do caribe até áreas de manguezal, a Ilha Grande possui hoje uma floresta de Mata Atlântica altamente preservada, rica na variedade de animais e plantas.

Mas hoje, no terceiro dia de expedição, planejamos algo diferente e ousado. Junto da nossa historiadora mapeamos toda a ilha, levantando dados históricos, Séc. XVI ao XIX, das batalhas e revoluções, a visita de piratas e o trafico de escravos africanos. O objetivo desse levantamento foi marcar pontos de maior concentração e fluxo de pessoas ao longo da história, onde iriamos focar nossos esforços em busca de tesouros usando nossos detectores de metais.

Chegamos na Ilha por volta das 10h da manhã, e iniciamos uma trilha pelo Parque de proteção ambiental. Uma trilha dura, íngreme e com muitos obstáculos, obrigando nossos exploradores a realizarem diversas paradas para recuperação e logística. Depois de aproximadamente 2h de trilha nossos detectores não haviam encontrado nada de relevante, foi quando nosso produtor Benatti refletiu sobre onde poderiam estar escondidos esses preciosos artefatos. “Com uma ilha tão grande, com uma vegetação tão densa, seria muito fácil perder ou esquecer o ponto exato onde os tesouros foram escondidos, se eu fosse um pirata esconderia perto de alguma construção da ilha.” Disse Benatti.

Naquele mesmo momento fizemos uma reunião com o grupo, e escolhemos dois alvos para realizar as pesquisas:

1) Aqueduto – Construção de valor histórica, construído por escravos usando pedras e óleo de baleia, com mais de 125m de extensão e 30m de altura. Era uma área de grande passagem de pessoas, inclusive o imperador do Brasil, Dom Pedro II, gostava muito de sentar-se na ao lado da construção pra estudar e escrever. 2) Presídio Lazareto, construído em 1871 para abrigar imigrantes enfermos que chegavam de outros países. Funcionando como hospital de quarentena até 1913, quando foi totalmente desativado e posteriormente foi reaberto funcionando como presídio.

Iniciamos as buscas nessas localidades e não demorou muito para que nosso detector começasse a emitir alguns ruídos, mostrando em seu display que haviam metais de diversos tipos logo abaixo dos nossos pés. Marcávamos os pontos e continuávamos rastreando a região. Nosso detector não parava de emitir os sons, que variavam de frequência de acordo com o metal encontrado. Iniciamos então as escavações...

(continua...)

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Day 2 As they say: Smooth Seas Never Made A Skilled Sailor

An incredible day for our explorers!

alt We left at about 8:00 am in a speedboat, aiming to reach the ocean side of Ilha Grande Island as fast as possible before the sea became very agitated. During the course of 1h30 the weather changed rapidly and when we realized we were in a storm with strong winds and lots of rain. Our sailor has decided to stop on an Island sheltered from the storm.

alt alt We discovered that the Island has a fantastic fauna and flora, and a lot of marine life. But one of the factors that surprised us most was the local history of Pirate Jorge Grego, who after his ship was shipwrecked, lived on the island for years, until committing suicide by throwing himself into the sea. Today the island is not inhabited by humans.

alt An unpleasant sight was finding a large amount of plastic garbage on the island, floating on the surface of the water. Several animals, like birds, had plastic debris in their beaks. Probably sea currents took this garbage to that region.

alt When the weather became more favorable, we headed to another very interesting point "Dois Rios". One curiosity is that boats can not dock on this beach. That way, our explorers had to jump off the boat and swim 400m, holding cameras and filming equipment, to the shore.

Besides its delightful beauties, Dois Rios is famous for two historical events:

alt 1) Several rocks by the beach have markings, dated 3000 years ago, when natives honed their tools in the stones of the region. alt 2) On this beach there was also a famous Brazilian prison, where famous politicians and criminals lived and died. The prison was closed and imploded in 1994. Today the ruins were taken by the vegetation, forming a beautiful landscape.

Tomorrow we are going to make several tracks inside the Island, looking for historical artifacts and using our metal detector in places where historical battles and illegal slave traffic took place. What will we find?

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Dia 2 Como dizem: "Mar calmo nunca fez bom marinheiro."

Um dia incrível para nossos exploradores! Saímos aproximadamente as 8h da manhã, em uma lancha rápida, com o objetivo de alcançar o lado oceânico da Ilha Grande o mais rápido possível antes que o mar ficasse muito agitado. Durante o percurso de 1h30 as condições climáticas mudaram rapidamente e quando percebemos estávamos dentro de uma tempestade com ventos fortes e muita chuva. Nosso marinheiro decidiu parar em uma Ilha protegida da tempestade. Descobrimos que a Ilha possuía uma fauna e flora fantásticas, além de muita vida marinha. Mas um dos fatores que mais nos surpreendeu foi a história local do Pirata Jorge Grego, que após ter seu navio naufragado, morou na ilha durante anos, até cometer suicídio se jogando ao mar. Hoje a ilha não é habitada por humanos. Uma visão desagradável foi encontrar uma grande quantidade de lixo plástico na ilha, flutuando na superfície da água. Diversos animais, como aves tinham restos de plástico no bico. Provavelmente correntes marítimas levaram esse lixo até essa região. Quando o clima ficou mais favorável nos direcionamos para outro ponto muito interessante “Dois Rios”. Além das belezas paradisíacas Dois Rios é famoso por dois acontecimentos históricos: 1) Diversas pedras pela praia possuem marcações, datadas de 3000 atrás, quando nativos afiavam suas ferramentas nas pedras da região. 2) Nessa praia também houve uma famosa prisão brasileira, onde diversos políticos e criminosos famosos viveram e morreram. A prisão foi fechada e implodida em 1994. Hoje as ruínas foram tomadas pela vegetação, formando uma bela paisagem.

Amanhã vamos fazer várias trilhas por dentro da Ilha, procurando artefatos históricos e utilizando nosso detector de metais e tesouros em locais onde aconteceram batalhas históricas e trafego ilegal de escravos. O que será que vamos encontrar?

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(Portuguese version below)


By Felipe Martins alt (Martins Brothers - Felipe and Henrique)

"It's 3h40am, we are already traveling on the bus for almost 8 hours towards the place of departure of the expedition. I can not sleep, I am constantly remembering our logistics, who our partners are and the importance of producing innovative and quality content.

In this four day expedition, we will dive in just two, which increases our anxiety since good visibility and quality of photos and videos depends a lot on the weather and the sea, is the luck of the draw. alt (Henrique checking the cameras )

I was able to sleep for half an hour at the hotel and I already woke up to prepare the cameras, memory cards and check the batteries. This is a very complicated part and requires effective logistics. Each member will receive a different camera with different goals and functions. We also know of the risks of losing a camera at sea, as well as the danger of entering salt water inside it, making it useless. alt (Expedition Crew - Henrique, Felipe and Paulo )

We entered the boat, 2h sailing on the very comfortable Azurra boat, led by the friendly and competent staff of the Sotto Mare Diving School. The sea was calm the sky was clear, we knew that the day could be very productive. alt (Felipe and Henrique getting ready) alt (Starting the dive) We prepared the equipment and started the dive in Parcel dos Coronéis, one of the best diving spots in Brazil.

Upon entering the water, our team soon realized that the conditions were not favorable, with reduced visibility and a lot of sedimentation. We were restless because we knew we would not have many opportunities to get our content. Soon my brother Henrique Martins, an experienced diver, made a sign with his hands that would change the trajectory of our dive. We would focus on the production of macro content, that is, details of corals, algae and small lives, keeping our camera close to marine beings, reducing the influence of suspended sediment. The quality of the photos and videos started to improve ... as well as our luck. alt (Felipe "saying ok")

The fun and challenge of an expedition lie in the very unpredictability and adaptability of its explorers. alt (Colorful Corals) May day 2 come.

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By Felipe Martins

“São 3h40am, já estamos viajando no ônibus a quase 8h rumo ao local de partida da expedição. Não consigo dormir, fico a todo momento relembrando nossa logística, quem são nossos parceiros e a importância de produzirmos um conteúdo inovador e de qualidade.

Dos 4 dias dessa primeira etapa da expedição vamos mergulhar em apenas dois, o que aumenta nossa ansiedade já que uma boa visibilidade e qualidade das fotos e vídeos depende muito das condições climáticas e do mar, estamos a mercê da sorte.

Consegui dormir por meia hora no hotel e já acordei para preparar as câmeras, cartões de memória, checar baterias. Essa é uma parte muito complicada e que exige uma logística eficiente. Cada explorador receberá uma câmera diferente, com objetivos e funções distintas. Sabemos também dos riscos de perder uma câmera no mar, além do perigo de entrar água salgada dela, inutilizando-a para sempre.

Entramos no barco, 2h de navegação muito confortáveis no barco da Azurra, liderados pela equipe cordial e competente da Sotto Mare Escola de Mergulho. O mar estava calmo o céu estava limpo, sabíamos que o dia poderia ser muito produtivo.

Preparamos o equipamento e iniciamos o mergulho no Parcel dos Coróneis, um dos melhores pontos de mergulho do Brasil.

Ao entrar na água, nossa equipe logo percebeu que as condições não estavam favoráveis, com visibilidade reduzida e muita sedimentação. Ficamos inquietos, pois sabíamos que não teríamos muitas oportunidades para conseguir nosso conteúdo. Logo meu irmão Henrique Martins, uma mergulhador experiente, fez um sinal com as mãos que mudaria a trajetória do nosso mergulho. Focaríamos na produção de conteúdo macro, ou seja, detalhes de corais, algas e vidas pequenas, mantendo nossa câmera próxima ao seres marinhos, diminuindo a influência do sedimento em suspensão. A qualidade das fotos e vídeos começaram a melhorar...assim como nossa sorte.

A diversão e desafio de uma expedição estão na própria imprevisibilidade e capacidade de adaptação de seus exploradores. Que venha o dia 2.

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Today we are leaving for the first day of our expedition and we would like to share some important details that can help very beginning explorers.

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What to pack? How not to forget important items? What kind of cameras should we use?

One of the most frustrating and dangerous things for an explorer is realizing that you have not been prepared for the challenges you would encounter. Little scarf, lots of mosquitoes, inadequate shoes, use of unfamiliar cameras among others. alt

Our explorers have been involved in adventures and expeditions for many years. Today they will give you some tips on how to have a more enjoyable trip:

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1) Make a check list in advance of a few days - If you wait to pack at the last minute you will probably forget something. Expeditions of exploration demand much more technical material than a tourist trip.

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2) Weather Forecast - Understand how the climate of the region works at that time of year. Survey about 3 days in advance of the trip, which forecasts are already very reliable. This will give you time to take, buy or rent the clothes, gear and necessary items.

3) Talk to people who have already made this trip, and if possible, also talk to locals. They will surely help you in logistics more safely and economically.

4) Talk to your traveling friends, they will be able to remember items you did not remember, or in some cases some items can be shared, allowing only one explorer to take it, reducing the amount of luggage.

5) Practicality - Understand the objectives and demands of the trip so that you do not exaggerate your baggage, which can become an inconvenience beyond what can generate several airport taxes. For example: If you are going to make an expedition in a forest area, to camp and to capture images, you will not need to take a gala suit. It seems obvious, but many people end up making this mistake.

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6) Many people do not know which camera to take for their expedition. To answer this we need to understand what type of footage / photo we want to make. Will we use these photos and videos for social media only or we will produce a high quality movie? Do you know how to use that equipment? Have you used it before the expedition? Often we end up spending lots of money to buy expensive and complex cameras, which without previous training will be useless and provide poor quality material plus a lot of stress. We believe that the best camera is the one that you know to use automatically, that is, you may do better videos with a mobile phone than with a professional camera.

This week our Producer and Film Maker Roberto Benatti will tell you all about what equipment our expedition uses and why.

Want to know more about something? Send an email to:behappy@gomartins.orgor comment below. Follow us live: www.instagram.com/martinsproductions

Português:

Hoje estamos partindo para o primeiro dia da nossa expedição e gostaríamos de compartilhar alguns detalhes importantes, que podem ajudar muito viajantes iniciantes. O que levar nas malas? Como não esquecer itens importantes? Quais tipos de câmeras devemos usar? Uma das coisas mais frustrantes e perigosas para um explorador é perceber que você não foi preparado para os desafios que você iria encontrar. Pouco agasalho, muitos mosquitos, sapatos inadequados, usar câmeras sem familiarização, dentre outros. Nossos colaboradores já participam de aventuras e expedições por muitos anos, e deram algumas dicas simples de como ter uma viagem mais agradável:

1) Faça um check list com antecedência de alguns dias – Se você deixar para arrumar as malas na última hora provavelmente esquecerá algo. Expedições de exploração demandam muito mais material técnico do que uma viagem turística.

2) Previsão do Tempo – Entenda como funciona o clima da região naquela época do ano. Faça uma pesquisa com aproximadamente 3 dias de antecedência da viagem, período que as previsões já ficam bem confiáveis. Isso te dará tempo de levar, comprar ou alugar as roupas e itens necessários.

3) Converse com pessoas que já fizeram essa viagem, e se possível também fale com pessoas nativas do local. Elas sem dúvida poderão te ajudar na logística de forma mais segura e econômica.

4) Converse com seus companheiros de viagem, eles poderão lembrar de itens que você não lembrou, ou em alguns casos alguns itens podem ser compartilhados, possibilitando que apenas um explorador o leve, diminuindo a quantidade de bagagem.

5) Praticidade – Entenda quais os objetivos e demandas da viagem para não exagerar na bagagem, o que pode se tornar um transtorno além do que pode gerar diversas taxas nos aeroportos. Por exemplo: Se você vai fazer uma expedição numa área de floresta, acampar e captar imagens, você não irá precisar levar uma roupa de gala ou um terno. Parece óbvio, mas muitas pessoas acabam cometendo esse erro.

6) Muitas pessoas não sabem qual câmera levar para sua expedição. Para responder isso precisamos entender qual tipo de filmagem/foto queremos fazer? Vamos usar essas fotos e vídeos para mídias sociais apenas ou buscamos produzir um filme de alta qualidade. Você sabe utilizar aquele equipamento? Já usou ele antes da expedição? Muitas vezes acabamos gastando muito dinheiro para comprar câmeras caras e complexas, que sem treinamento prévio irão ser inúteis e proporcionar material de baixa qualidade além de muito stress. Nós acreditamos que a melhor câmera é aquela que você sabe utilizar de forma automática, ou seja, você pode fazer vídeos muito melhores com um celular do que com uma câmera profissional que você não sabe usar. Nessa semana nosso FilmMaker vai contar tudo sobre quais equipamentos nossa expedição utiliza e por quê. Quer saber mais sobre algum assunto? Mande um email para:behappy@gomartins.orgou comente abaixo. Vamos adorar responder!

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By our Marine Biologist Luiza Gomes

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The Ilha Grande State Park (PEIG) is located in Ilha Grande Bay, Angra dos Reis - RJ and has a surface area of 120.52 km². Together with two other conservation units (Praia do Sul Biological Reserve and Aventureiro State Marine Park), Ilha Grande comprises the third largest Brazilian oceanic island, with a surface area of 193 km². The entire region is part of the Tamoios Environmental Protection Area (APA Tamoios), which extends from the municipality of Paraty to the municipality of Mangaratiba.

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The island has lush landscapes, uniting in harmony a dense forest of Atlantic forest, areas of mangrove and the marine environment. In the terrestrial environment, you can visit caves, waterfalls, hiking and cycling while admiring an untouched nature. It has an extremely rich and diverse fauna and flora, with many species of amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, trees and flowers typical of this landscape. alt (Hylodes fredi)

The protection of this biodiversity is crucial, mainly due to the presence of the endemic Fred-Frog (Hylodes fredi) of the island, and the endangered and endemic Atlantic Forest Monkey Bugio (Alouatta guariba clamitans). In the marine environment, scuba diving and snorkeling are the main attractions of the island, due to the presence of more than 900 species of fish, seaweed, mollusks, corals, crustaceans, turtles and jellyfishes. In addition, dolphins can be observed from the boat and humpback whales visit the perimeter of the Park from July to November.

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The temperature of the water varies between 18 ° C and 25 ° C, and in summer, it can reach 14 ° C due to the thermocline. However, even paradise has negative signs caused by humans, such as the presence of Coral-sol (invasive species in Brazil) and pollution. Therefore, we must help to preserve this environment so beautiful and so important for the balance of the planet.

Português:

O Parque Estadual da Ilha Grande (PEIG) está localizado na Baía da Ilha Grande, Angra dos Reis – RJ e possui 120,52 km² de área. Junto com outras duas unidades de conservação (Reserva Biológica da Praia do Sul e o Parque Estadual Marinho do Aventureiro), a Ilha Grande compreende a terceira maior ilha oceânica brasileira, com 193 km² de área. Toda essa região está inserida na Área de Proteção Ambiental de Tamoios (APA Tamoios), que estende-se desde o município de Paraty até o município de Mangaratiba. A ilha apresenta paisagens exuberantes, unindo em harmonia uma densa floresta de mata atlântica, áreas de manguezal e o ambiente marinho. No ambiente terrestre, é possível visitar grutas e cavernas, cachoeiras, realizar caminhadas e ciclismo enquanto admira uma natureza praticamente intocada. Apresenta uma fauna e flora extremamente rica e diversa, com muitas espécies de anfíbios, répteis, aves, mamíferos e árvores e flores típicas dessa paisagem. A proteção dessa biodiversidade é crucial, principalmente pela presença da rã-de-fred (Hylodes fredi), endêmica da ilha, e do Macaco Bugio (Alouatta guariba clamitans), ameaçado de extinção e endêmico da Mata Atlântica. Já no ambiente marinho, o mergulho autônomo e o snorkeling são as principais atrações da ilha, por conta da presença de mais de 900 espécies de peixes, algas, moluscos, corais, crustáceos, tartarugas e águas vivas. Além disso, golfinhos podem ser observados da embarcação e as baleias jubartes visitam o perímetro do Parque nos meses de julho a novembro. A temperatura da água varia entre 18°C e 25°C, sendo que no verão, pode atingir 14°C por conta da termoclina. Entretanto, até o paraíso apresenta sinais negativos causados por seres humanos, como a presença do Coral-sol (espécie invasora no Brasil) e a poluição. Por isso, devemos ajudar a preservar esse ambiente tão bonito e tão importante para o equilíbrio do planeta.

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By Gabrielle Dal Molin - Historian


The territory of Ilha Grande is marked by interesting historical events since the first century of the colonization of Brazil. The first great revolt of natives against Portuguese, the Confederation of Tamoios (1554-1567), had as one of the battle sites the Ilha Grande, as the main rebellious ethnic groups were from the Tupinambás Native group (Tupiniquins, Aimorés, Temiminós, among others) , inhabitants of the region between the São Paulo State Coast and the south of Rio de Janeiro. The alliance between the French and the Tupinambás stands out, fact that shows that French boats also sailed by those seas.

Advancing to the eighteenth century, we came to the cycle of intense exploitation of Brazilian gold, using slave labor from the African continent. Intercontinental slave trade was the most profitable economic activity of the time, and Ilha Grande, due to its geographic location, became one of the ports that favored the unloading of slave ships, especially the beaches of Palmas and Abraão. There have been reports of arrests of traffickers, the flight of slaves, and even of burned ships and their pursuit by ships manned by abolitionist militants.

Pirates also saw on Big Island an ideal place to take refuge and organize for upcoming attacks. The first such event to be proven was in 1591, when British pirates arrived in the region. In the seventeenth century, it was the turn of the Dutch pirates, and in the next century the French. Until 1897 registered attacks, the last of Argentine corsairs.

The Island was chosen by the Brazilian government, twice, to host important buildings, due to its geographic characteristics of isolation. The first was Lazareto, a hospital to house immigrants with cholera, built under the orders of Dom Pedro II, in 1884. Ten years later, the Correral Colony of Dois Rios was created, a prison that, after numerous reforms, reaches the a military dictatorship started in the middle of the 60's, and is now called Instituto Penal Candido Mendes. The coexistence of common prisoners and political prisoners within the institution gave rise to the first Brazilian criminal faction, Comando Vermelho, in 1979, which inaugurated a new chapter on prison and violence in Brazil. The famous prison was shut down in 1993.

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By Our Scuba Diver Guru - Sérgio Amarante:


On November 9th we received some very exciting news that made our team extremely happy. Within the Open Explorer projects, through the S.E.E / OpenROV initiative, we were chosen to receive the high technology ROV Trident underwater drone, which will undoubtedly take our expedition to another level.

As responsible for logistics, planning, and safety during our trips, I found it interesting to share with you how this technology will help not only in content production but also in the safety of our divers and reducing the impact on the environment.

Use of the Drone by the Brazilian Marine Parks Expedition:

  • Preliminary evaluations of environmental or historical research sites. Depending on the conditions of visibility and temperature of the water, our Drone can submerge before the divers, starting the tasks and avoiding divers to lose heat and use gas unnecessarily, making the dive more assertive and efficient. Turbid or very cold water situations may require special care, or even cancel operations, but with the Drone, we can still capture images and produce content even in these adverse situations.

    • Environmental inspections will be facilitated, both for research sites and for growing areas. This is due to the fact that the action has less interference from the divers, besides the fact that Drone has great stability and long battery life, making the documentation more accurate, with great quality photos and videos, besides the advantage of a better adaptation of the marine beings to the presence of the drone.
  • Some underwater diving activities may have their risks significantly diminished with a preliminary assessment by a Drone, such as deep dives, small currents, historical documentation of ancient shipwrecks, and even searches and recoveries of lost pieces. Small wreck penetrations with unstable structures could be made for risk assessments, without the effects of raising sediment from muddy bottoms or even falling fines from the ceiling due to exhaling air. Pre-drone assessments are a safe way to avoid problems and accidents with divers who could easily be struck by parts detached from the ceiling due to the displacements caused by the exhaled breath gases.

    Thus, we have no doubt that the Submersible drone (ROV TRIDENT) will make research more efficient and safer for both divers and the environment.

Photos: Drone ROV and photos of the evolution of technology and safety in diving.

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There is no doubt that in the last 10 years the notions of marketing, sponsorship, publicity, media, time and distance have changed drastically.


Today more than 3 billion people use social networks and 85% of Brazilian companies are present in this area. With this new market, professionals specialized in the field have also emerged, deepening the strategies and finding more efficient methodologies to achieve the desired objectives.

Today Our expedition has a fantastic project, skilled people and a lot of willpower. But to get partnerships and sponsors to maintain the expedition in a sustainable way we must have someone taking care of our image, social media and approaching with possible partners and sponsors.

For this mission, we found a very special person, who called attention to work very well her personal and professional image in the media.

Renata Sander is a professional swimmer who has represented the Brazilian team. Graduated in Sports Science in the USA, Renata also has a specialization and certification in Exercise Physiology. Today Renata is an advanced scuba diver and has been actively working with the Martins brothers since the beginning of the project. Since 2016 she has invested much of her time in learning about this new market of social media and the 4.0 economy.

“This project will make sense for us only if achieving people’s heart and being a call to action on behalf of our environment. Therefore, we want to reach as many people as possible, and now we are lucky to have globalization tools working for us! We know nowadays the main means of communication are through the internet, and young people are way more likely to watch content online than on tv, so we are happy to enjoy this opportunity of spreading our content online and reaching those that are the future of our country. We hope our production to be a warning as well as an inspiration to have not only our community but also companies, working with us for a better future to our planet and those who live here! “ Renata Sander www.instagram.com/renatasander

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Love stories, battles, treasures, nations, the environment, politics ... Everything leaves its mark on the world’s history.


Knowing about these affairs helps us to learn and value the past, directing our attitudes and actions more assertively in the present to create a better future. More than that, studying history leads us to a broad understanding of society and culture, providing us a critical perspective on political phenomena and a better understanding of the differences between people, countries, civilizations, among other contributions.

Many forms of behavior observed today, such as violence motivated by xenophobia or racism, the strangeness of certain eating habits and certain traditions that cultivate very different cultural practices, often exist because of a lack or poor historical knowledge.

The study of history, therefore, has the importance of giving, most importantly, comprehensive support to people to act with greater prudent attitude, civility, and tolerance in their environment and in situations foreign to their culture.

Our expedition will cover a very large area of Brazil, those that have already witnessed relevant historical moments as well as places isolated from the rest of society. Knowing the history of each place will provide us with new lenses for our glasses, allowing us to see different cultures without prejudice, in addition to absorbing knowledge that is stored there.

To assist us in this positive growth and on our expeditions production we will have a very capable professional in history field: Gabrielle Dal Molin, 31 y.o., holds a degree in History and Social Sciences from UNICAMP, a Master's degree in Social Anthropology from UFRN, and she is a History teacher at the State Education Network of Rio Grande do Norte state. Gabrielle has participated in many expeditions to the most diverse places in Brazil and the World, having contact with distinct cultures and peoples, noting that many of the problems found are common to several places in the country.

"I believe that access to historical and sociological knowledge strengthens the bonds of individuals with their communities, as well as the appreciation and preservation of both environmental and cultural identities of each place. Understanding that social relations depend on good coexistence with the environment, and that Brazilian ecosystems protection requires the engagement of local populations and their descendants, is essential for effective ecological practices." Gabrielle Dal Molin

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The oceans cover more than 70% of planet Earth, with areas of more than 11km deep, concentrating the greatest variety of life in the world, where almost every day a new species is discovered. Even with the technological advances, the ocean still represents a great mystery for mankind. What secrets remain hidden in the depths of the sea? Are the myths and stories of giant, ferocious creatures that spread throughout many cultures real? What discoveries can be done on the Brazilian coast? To answer these questions, we need a specialist on the field and a marine biologist can help us understand this complex ecosystem better. Even though she is just 23 years old, Luiza Gomes already has a lot of experience in the underwater world. Graduated in marine biology at UNISANTA, she is already a Master Scuba Diver, the highest level a scuba diver can reach. Her strong personality, combined with the mission of making the world better, encouraged Luiza to participate in several environmental projects to increase awareness and preservation. She is currently a collaborator and diver of the Mantas do Brasil Project - which works on the conservation of the world's largest ray, Mobula birostris, and the project Tartarugas Marinhas das Ilhas - which conducts research with sea turtles on the coast of the State of São Paulo - Brazil. "I believe this expedition will be able to disseminate knowledge, uniting admiration and awareness. The incredible images generated can portray the paradises from another perspective, presenting a reality often masked or ignored: the negative footprints that humans leave in nature. As a biologist, what I most long for from this expedition is for people to know Brazilian landscapes and biodiversity in a non-invasive way to the environment and, at the same time, recognize that pollution is real and is also present in dazzling scenarios. " Luiza Gomes http://www.instagram.com/lupgomes

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The Open Explorer Expedition - Brazilian Marine Parks has an incredible team of professionals and experts in the most diverse fields, all working after the same dream: to produce quality content, engaging and touching our viewers by showing real situations of adventure, culture, and activism.


No doubt one of the most important goals of the expedition is in the production, script, filming, and edition. They should fit perfectly, like a puzzle, forming the image that we really want to pass to society.

Our expedition has a renowned producer and filmmaker, a person who sees the world in a special way, without prejudices and always open to learning.

It is through Mr. Benatti's eyes that we open the windows for our expedition.

About our producer Roberto Benatti:

Photographer, videomaker and musician, Mr. Benatti works and mixes these three variables in perfect harmony. He has several certifications and renowned courses worldwide and he has worked for relevant magazines, editorials and cultural events.

"Every record is a form of expression and often from my perspective, I find my way to communicate with the world.

This Expedition motivates me because now, being the eyes of the project "Open Explorer Brazilian Marine Parks", the challenge is to convey to people the sensation of immersion in this expedition.

Associating adventure with activism motivates me because we know that with the Expeditions, we can break paradigms and we can touch people and/or authorities to embrace our journey influencing them to somehow make their contribution."

"Instead of leaving a mark on the world, why not try to remove some of the marks that man has already left in it?" Roberto Benatti www.instagram.com/benatti.x

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On a long and adventurous journey, where we can encounter storms and rough seas, it is very important to have technical and practical experienced people in our expedition.


It´s time to present our Scuba Diver Guru!

Welcome, Sérgio Amarante! Sérgio has been a diver for 18 years and participates in technical dives in caves. As Dive Instructor, Sérgio trains more than 100 students per year (IDCS - PADI), with several technical diving trips to Florida and Mexico, among other destinations. Sérgio is an emergency first response instructor with extensive experience in rescue. He has a bachelor degree in Engineering and he is a consultant in Mineral Engineering. Our instructor is one of the owners of Alto Mar, a PADI dive center that assists our expedition in travels and logistics.

With all his experience, Sérgio will be responsible for the dive planning as well as for the safety of our team.

We sure are in good hands!

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It's time to introduce the Martins brothers!


Both have in their blood a history of adventure and exploration. Part of their ancestors are Brazilian Native Indians, another part of their family came from Europe, hidden in cellars of ships, risking everything for a better life. In addition, their ancestors participated in battles, wars, and revolutions. The Martins Brothers have lived in many countries, worked in many areas and have incredible experiences of life. All this has shown them that many times we have to forget the patterns of society, by making our own decisions, deviating from the usual path and creating our own. These singularities, not only bring them a new perspective of the world but also inspire others to do the same.

Felipe Martins, 30 years, The older brother is a Master Scuba Diver, Drone Pilot, Former Pro Swimmer. Felipe also has a career in the fashion business working as a model/actor for many brands and magazines around the world having the opportunity to learn from some of the best photographers and producers. Felipe has a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education at UNICAMP and a certification in Marine Biology. Nowadays he is studying a Master Degree in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. Felipe is the manager of this Expedition.

Henrique Martins, 27 years, The younger Brother is an Advanced Scuba Diver, Olympic Swimmer, finalist in Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Henrique has been elected twice the best student-athlete in Brazil and MVP in the World University Games. He also served 8 years in the Brazilian Army, where he won several world titles and broke records in military championships, therefore being decorated for his military achievements. Henrique has several courses in the area of survival in the jungle, Tourism, and Marketing. Nowadays He studies Law.

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Expedition Background

Coming from a family of adventurers, explorers and scientists, the Martins brothers have in their blood the curiosity for the unknown and the desire to share with the world their experiences, sensations and collected data, seeking the advancement of science and the awareness of society.


In 2016 the brothers had their first contact with scuba diving and the underwater world, It did not take long for them to realize that something needed to be done to improve the protection of the environment in Brazil.

In 2018, After two years of various courses in the areas of diving, marine biology, survival in the jungle and rescue, The Brothers finally decided to leave their jobs, and to start an unpublished expedition, traveling through the main Brazilian marine parks, filming and photographing their real situation of preservation in search of success stories that can be copied and adapted to other regions.

During their travels, the brothers also seek to analyze and describe the local fauna and flora, as well as interesting cultural information such as stories, myths, wrecks, gastronomy, and socio-environmental projects.

The First Expedition takes place from November 14th to 18th 2018, on the historic island Ilha Grande, located in Southeast Brazil. Bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, with areas protected by the marine park, the seas of the region still have several historical wrecks, besides legends of pirates and buried treasures. The Island still counts on a dense and rich Atlantic Forest, areas of mangroves, and a rich fauna and flora.

From the 16th to the 19th centuries the island was still used for smuggling of African slaves, after which the island housed a large political prison used to confine political prisoners from World War II.

The Martins Brothers, together with Film Maker Roberto Benatti, go in search of data, photos and videos of the marine park as well as unpublished information on history, culture and who knows hidden treasures in this mysterious island.

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